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Minister's Message: Do you ever change, God?
Have you ever watched a little kid discover their shadow for the first time? I can remember when Brayden first discovered his. We were outside and he asked, “What is that?” I told him it was his shadow. He simply responded, “It doesn’t look like me.”  
Friday, April 17, 2015


Baha'i temple to dedicate welcome center
WILMETTE, Ill. (AP) — The Baha’i temple in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette will dedicate a new welcome center next month.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Pope considering Cuba stop after US trip
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his U.S. trip in September but no decision has been made, the Vatican said today.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Billy Graham could be immortalized in US Capitol
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A proposal to honor North Carolina favorite son Rev. Billy Graham with a statue in Washington won state House approval Thursday, but not without complaints from Democrats about the process and counter-claims from Republicans that critics had something against Graham.
Friday, April 17, 2015

'Amazing Grace' coming to Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — How sweet it is: A new musical about the composer of the hymn “Amazing Grace” is coming to Broadway.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Biggest Loser finalist to Speak at Litchfield Services
LITCHFIELD — Living Stones Church is hosting Biggest Loser finalist, Sonya Jones, on Sunday, April 26 in two morning services, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Edinburg Community Choir to present cantata
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Easter cantata "The Day He Wore My Crown” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 19th at 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Sisters of Faith Group Attends Conference
TAYLORVILLE — Members of Sisters of Faith ministry group at Faith Community Worship Center attended a weekend conference at the Grand Palace in Decatur.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Camp One Way annual spring picnic Sun., May 3
MT. AUBURN — Camp One Way will hold its annual Spring Picnic and Silent Auction Sunday, May 3 from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Joyner-Kersee to headline Governor's Prayer Breakfast
SPRINGFIELD — Jackie Joyner-Kersee, winner of six Olympic medals, will headline the 2015 Governor's Prayer Breakfast on May 6 in downtown Springfield. The track and field great was named by Sports lllustrated for Women magazine as the "Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century."
Friday, April 17, 2015

On Religion: 'Little Boy' movie being released April 24 fights some big labels
Voters at the Toronto International Film Festival created a stir in 2006 when they gave the long-shot drama "Bella" the People's Choice Award, a prestigious salute that often precedes Oscar nominations.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Kiwanis accepting nominations for spiritual leader
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is accepting nominations for the community's Outstanding Spiritual Leader. Those nominated should be a layperson that has demonstrated outstanding spiritual leadership in their church and the community as a whole.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Easter Winners At FCWC 14th Annual Egg Hunt
TAYLORVILLE — Over 400 people joined Faith Community Worship Center, April 4, for their 14th annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Minister's Message: A Biblical worldview
A ministry we support is holding a conference this weekend concerning instruction on “A Biblical Worldview.” Such an important subject. How we look at the world we live in determines how we see what is happening.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Year 27: The monsignor's long debate with The Gray Lady
Monsignor Daniel S. Hamilton recognizes a source of doctrinal authority when he sees one -- which is why he pays such close attention to The New York Times.
Friday, April 10, 2015

St. Mary's Students Participate in Bell Ringing
TAYLORVILLE — On April 9, 2015, St. Mary’s students participated in a nationwide commemoration making the symbolic end of the civil war. 
Friday, April 10, 2015

Islam fastest-growing faith in coming decades
NEW YORK (AP) — Over the next four decades, Islam is expected to grow faster than any other major religion worldwide, with the Muslim population nearly matching Christians in both number and share of the global population, according to projections released Thursday.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Answers to questions about religious objection bills
(AP) — The Republican governors and legislative leaders in Indiana and Arkansas have been scrambling to modify legislation that was billed as protecting religious freedom but drew criticism from across the country as opening the door to anti-gay discrimination.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Minister's Message: No accident
When our daughter Lillie was younger, she loved to jump off of basically any object that will hold her: chairs, sofas, tables, whatever she could climb on. Of course, the natural result of jumping off of furniture is that sometimes she landed on something other than her feet.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Cook-off introduces Evangelical Free Church cookbook
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Evangelical Free Church Women's Ministry sponsored a cook-off on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The event was held as a way to kick-off the church's new cookbook.  For the past couple of months, members of E-Free have been compiling recipes in order to publish a cookbook.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Faith Community to hide 5,500 eggs for hunt Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center would like to invite all area children ages 12 and under to our huge Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4. Over 5500 plastic, treat-filled eggs will be hit on the church property at the corner of route 48 and South Spresser, Taylorville. 
Friday, April 3, 2015

On Religion: Lyle Schaller, the church doctor in changing times
All pastors know that there are legions of "Easter Christians" who make it their tradition to dress up once a year and touch base with God.
Friday, April 3, 2015

St. Rita's PSR Class Presents The Stations Of The Cross
KINCAID — St. Rita's Parish School of Religion (PSR) in Kincaid presented of The Stations of the Cross. The children of the parish created a silhouette of the sequence of  events which happened during the last few hours of the life of Jesus.
Friday, April 3, 2015

On Religion: Holy Week 2015 and the high-tech ties that bind
It would be hard to live closer to the belly of the high-tech beast than Menlo Park in Northern California's Silicon Valley.
Friday, March 27, 2015

Faith youth advance to international competition
MT. VERNON, Ill — The Illinois Churches of God sponsored a State Teen Talent and Junior Talent Day on Saturday, March 21 at the Mt. Vernon Church of God. Students representing 78 churches across the State gathered for the day-long event. Junior Talent included youth ages 6-12 and Teen Talent participants ages 13-19.
Friday, March 27, 2015

2 Gospel groups inextricably linked
The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters are Nashville, Tennessee, gospel quartets that are inextricably linked. The Fairfield Four go back 90 years, and their most important member was Sam McCrary, group leader from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Friday, March 27, 2015

Pope Francis welcomes homeless to Sistine Chapel in surprise visit
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made a surprise appearance in the Sistine Chapel to welcome a group of 150 homeless people who got a private guided tour, followed by dinner, as part of the pope's ramped-up charity efforts.
Friday, March 27, 2015

Santorum says Obama's opposition to coal is 'quasi-religious'
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama has a "quasi-religious" zeal to close down coal-burning power plants, past and potential Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday.
Friday, March 27, 2015

Lenten Worship Services
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association (TMA) has announced local Lenten worship services and luncheons. Worship is from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a luncheon from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 20, 2015

Minister's Message: What is the motivation for Christians to do good?
You may have heard this as a motivation for serving God and our neighbors. “Someday, you will stand before Jesus to be judged. What will He see?
Friday, March 20, 2015

Homecoming Gospel Choir in Hillsboro Sunday
HILLSBORO, IL — On Sunday evening, March 22nd, at 6:00 PM, Southern Illinois' Homecoming Gospel Choir will be appearing in concert at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro.
Friday, March 20, 2015

On Religion: Bob Dylan and the musical ties that bind
After decades of listening to his critics, Bob Dylan has learned to shrug, look to the heavens and keep on going.
Friday, March 20, 2015

Decatur hospital offering spirituality series
DECATUR — Fear affects our lives on a personal, communal and global level and can inhibit or stimulate spiritual growth. 
Friday, March 20, 2015

Presbyterian Church approves gay marriage in church constitution
NEW YORK (AP) — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has expanded its definition of marriage to include a “commitment between two people,” recognizing gay marriage as Christian in the church constitution after decades of debate over same-sex relationships.
Friday, March 20, 2015

Minister's Message: Live God's love
March is full of signs of spring, changing the clocks, changing seasons and another holiday.  St. Patrick’s Day brings many traditions and celebrations to mind including parades, wearing of the color green, being Irish, meals that include corned beef and cabbage and the shamrock plant.  There are many legends about St. Patrick with diverse information.
Friday, March 13, 2015

Documentary unites voices against Scientology
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Rinder had spent virtually all of his life in the Church of Scientology. From the age of 6 he was raised in the church, eventually rising to become its chief spokesman. Everyone he knew was a Scientologist, including his wife, his two children, his mother, his brother and his sister.
Friday, March 13, 2015

Open mic gospel sing at Spfld. Baptist next Friday
SPRINGFIELD — The “Third Friday” Gospel Sing will be held at the First Baptist Church in Springfield on Fridy, March 20.
Friday, March 13, 2015

80-voice gospel choir in concert at Maranatha
DECATUR, Ill. — On Sunday evening, March 15th, at 6:00 p.m., Southern Illinois' Homecoming Gospel Choir will be appearing in concert at the Maranatha Assembly of God in Decatur, IL.
Friday, March 13, 2015

On Religion: The life and legacy of a unique young priest
As a high-school dropout, Matthew Baker worked the graveyard shift at a gas station because he wanted time to read.
Friday, March 13, 2015

Illinois native, retired NY archbishop who played prominent role in post 9-11 dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.
Friday, March 6, 2015

Ministerial Association announces Lenten worship services, luncheons
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association (TMA) has announced local Lenten worship services and luncheons.
Friday, March 6, 2015

Kincaid Baptist to host spring revival services
KINCAID — The members of the Kincaid Baptist Church will be hosting Spring 2015 Revival Services. This event will begin on Sunday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. Immediately following a lunch with evangelist for the week, Brother Trever Ball of the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
Friday, March 6, 2015

Minister's Message: Hard question, hard faith
During this season of Lent, our church has embarked on something of a formation experiment. Utilizing a series of devotionals, each day in Lent our congregation is presented with a “Hard Card”.
Friday, March 6, 2015

On Religion: The quiet shepherd in the life of U2
As Bono launched into another mini-sermon on faith, justice and love, Father Jack Heaslip did what he had always done for U2 -- he stood out of the limelight and prayed.
Friday, March 6, 2015

The flock of God: Lying down in green pastures starts the conversation
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — If you ask the Rev. Will Rambo, teaching pastor at The Orchard in Tupelo, one of the funny things about the Holy Land is the proximity of the ancient, the mythical, to the modern. Take occupations, for instance. Fishermen still cast their nets off the coast of Galilee. Shepherds still tend to the sheep.
Friday, March 6, 2015

Ministerial Association announces Lenten worship services, luncheons
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association (TMA) has announced local Lenten worship services and luncheons.
Friday, February 27, 2015

Joe Arview in concert at Edinburg Baptist Mar. 8
EDINBURG — Singer-songwriter Joe Arview will be in concert at Edinburg First Baptist Church on Sunday, March 8, at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, February 27, 2015

Spfld. Baptist hosting Dowd Family of Moweaqua
MOWEAQUA — The Dowd Family of Moweaqua - “Singing God’s Grace, Southern Gospel Style” - will appear at First Baptist Church in Springfield on Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 27, 2015

Faith Community Youth Attend Winterfest
BRANSON, MO — The "Faith Xtreme" Youth Group from Faith Community Worship Center attended the Midwest Winterfest in Branson, Missouri February 19-22.
Friday, February 27, 2015

Minister's Message: I can't see you God
I love playing hide and seek with my kids.  Well let me rephrase I love finding my kids.  For example the other day I came home and I was supposed to find my two youngest kids. 
Friday, February 27, 2015

On Religion: Americans still confused about the many different Islams
A week after 9/11, President George W. Bush told a hurting nation: "The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace."
Friday, February 27, 2015

Champaign schools investigate Ash Wed. service
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois school district is investigating after a Catholic priest held an Ash Wednesday service for high school students.
Friday, February 20, 2015

On Religion: Ten big trends highlighting a century of Protestantism
Whatever was happening inside that "tumble-down shack" of a church at 321 Azusa Street in Los Angeles, the local newspaper's editorial powers that be were neither amused nor impressed.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Obama aims to show world that Eastern and Western religions can coexist
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama argues the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn't: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Minister's Message: The weather
Like many people, I have one of those awesome weather apps on my phone, and it’s one of the icons that I tap most often.  It has cool graphics and neat weather photos.

Friday, February 13, 2015

100 Items For 100 Days
The Kindergarten classes at VisionWay Christian School had their 100th day celebration on Friday, February 6.
Friday, February 13, 2015

Pope urges cooperation on Vatican reform issues
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged his cardinals Thursday to cooperate in reforming the outdated and dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy, saying the overhaul will help him govern the Catholic Church better and spread the faith more effectively.
Friday, February 13, 2015

On Religion: Prayer breakfast: NASCAR meets NPR
In terms of the worldviews that drive American life, the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast was a head-on collision between NASCAR and NPR.
Friday, February 13, 2015

Examing the Bible as work of literature a meaningful way to explore faith
"There are several different ways to approach the Bible," said the Rev. Chris McAlilly, pastor of Oxford University United Methodist Church. "A person's expectations have a lot to do with what they get out of scripture."
Friday, February 13, 2015

Minister's Message: Listening to God
Ernesto Sirolli worked on an economic development project in Africa. He was excited to help people. Sirolli and his fellow aid workers went to Zambia.
Friday, February 6, 2015

Many Workers Feed Big Crowd
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured are about half of the team of Potato Bash workers, who fed just under 400 guests at the successful third annual First Presbyterian Church Potato Bash last Saturday. 
Friday, February 6, 2015

Caring Corner Thrift Shoppe sets new hours
MORRISONVILLE — The Caring Corner Thrift Shoppe located in the Morrisonville United Methodist Church has announced new hours beginning the week of February 8. Hours will be Wednesdays 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, February 6, 2015

On Religion: Ignoring religion dangerous
For more than a century, Western diplomats and scholars were sure of one thing: that religion's role in world affairs would decline as humanity evolved toward a future rooted in logic and science.
Friday, February 6, 2015

Pope: spanking okay if dignity is kept
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says it's OK to spank your children to discipline them - as long as their dignity is maintained.
Friday, February 6, 2015

Obama compares Islamic terrorism to Christian Crusades violence 900 years ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world. “No god condones terror,” he said.
Friday, February 6, 2015

Minister's Message: When God serves us
We believe that God provides us with clothing and shoes, house and home, spouse and child, fields, cattle, and all that I need to support this body and life.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Blend Brings Doo-Wop Style To Area Churches
Blend, an a capella doo-wop group, is bringing their show to the Taylorville area.  Blend brings classic hits such as Only You, Barbara Ann, Don’t Be Cruel, and many others back to life in a new way.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Southern Gospel Group Coming To Tower Hill
Tower Hill Free Methodist Church will be hosting The Lesters, often called “St. Louis’ First Family of Gospel Music,” for an evening of Southern Gospel Music on Saturday, February 7 at 6 p.m. With more than an 80-year history and numerous albums behind them, the group proudly brings the third and fourth generation to the stage.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Solid Rock
SPRINGFIELD —  Solid Rock will be in concert at Springfield First Baptist Church, 301 S. Grand Ave. W., Springfield, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Baby Shower For Crisis Pregnancy Center
TAYLORVILLE — In honor of "Sanctity of Life Sunday," Faith Community Worship Center sponsored a baby shower for Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Chosen Ones in Edinburg Feb. 8
First Baptist Church at 416 North Ricks, Edinburg, IL, will be hosting The Chosen Ones in concert Sunday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m. Admission to this event is free, but a love offering will be taken. For more information please contact Pastor Denny Hamilton at 217-525-1978.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Pre-Souper Bowl Dinner Saturday in Kincaid
Friday, January 30, 2015

In Concert February 8
EDINBURG — First Baptist Church at 416 North Ricks, Edinburg, IL, will be hosting The Chosen Ones in concert Sunday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, January 23, 2015

Minister's Message: The gift of the day
Every day is new gift!  What do you do with it?  Too often people take life and each new day for granted.  They come to expect it and plan on many days and years ahead.
Friday, January 23, 2015

Pope to families: Learn to talk to one another again
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging families to put aside their iPhones and Twitter feeds and learn to talk to one another again.
Friday, January 23, 2015

Students at Michigan State write guide to Muslims
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — From pronouncing the word "Muslim" to explaining Islamic holidays, a new guide written by students at Michigan State University aims to educate the public about Muslim Americans at a time when the issue of Muslims in the West is being intensely debated.
Friday, January 23, 2015

On Religion: It's time for journalists to cover the real world of religion
When British media critic Jenny Taylor talks to journalists about why they need to take religion seriously, she tells them stories about news stories -- mostly stories many journalists try to avoid.
Friday, January 23, 2015

Polygamy Town Divided
HILDALE, Utah (AP) — As polygamist leader Warren Jeffs awaited his fate in a Texas prison, he sent an order to his followers on the Utah-Arizona border: Build me a new compound.
Friday, January 23, 2015










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